|| Early Years | Still Growing
Bill McCartie, Gavin Gordon, Colin Steward and John Barton were
playing for the Evergreens when Stroyan ran in to Jack Cole, who
the Pocomos. Several beers later the rallying cry of "Let's start
our own team!" was heard, and the decision was made that another
team was needed as the Evergreens roster was swollen. An inaugural
practice was called at Bear Creek Park in Surrey in September,
1975, with Hugh, Bill, Colin, Gavin, Jack, Bill, Christie, Barton
In 1975, Hugh Stroyan, Bill McCartie and Jack Cole were persistent. "We're
forming an over-40 side to play against Ebb Tide of Victoria and
Whoi Whoi (now Evergreens) of Vancouver. "What position do you wanna
play?" They asked this question repeatedly, until enough ex-players
gave a dubious "yes" or a definite "maybe".
And so the Twilighters began. Early days: scrounge a field... with
or without posts. Change in your car or behind a bush. Bring the
gals along to the games and away trips. Life is fun again, life has
begun again. We're rookies in over-40 rugby.
Our first game was against Ebb Tide in Victoria. We're off and running.
In 1976 our first Japanese game against Wak Wak under the lights
at Swanguard Stadium with honest-to-God spectators! Let's buy a bus!
(Don't laugh lady... your daughter may be in there). Let's go to
England/Scotland for a major tour in 1980. Let's build a clubhouse
so George Agnew
doesn't have to bring beer to the changing rooms on practise nights.
What enthusiasm! What fun! What work!
We're off to Seattle in '75 for our first does of chili, weak beer
and narrow fields. Over to Langley to play the newly-formed Valley
Vintage, who "spun off" from our club. A Nanaimo team came and went.
In '83 we "toured" Kamloops for the first time, ran into Ian Gray
and sunstroke and saw the Silver Sage get born. Ebb Tide and Nanaimo
players formed a short-lived Duncan team, and have seen the North
Vancouver Snowcaps, Semiahmoo Old Boys,Vancouver Legends and Priest
Valley of Vernon come on the scene.
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Still Growing & Still Going Strong
And through it all, we worked and partied together. Beer bouncers
at the drunken Empire Stadium football games, casino nights, the
$2,000 reverse draw, work parties, scrounging materials, money and
effort for the clubhouse and for social events, ladies' appreciation
night, pool parties, corn feed and President's Night with Phil Narod's
unique awards. All are now part of our history and tradition.
New players are joining. By '82 the clubhouse is finished and our
little shirt-tail group has big-club administrative problems and
duties. But the go-for-broke spirit is still there: let's go to Japan
in '86! And Australia/New Zealand in 1990! Japan again in 1995 and
France in 1998! And so we did.
Twilighters have changed and evolved. Time has taken its toll on
the original group and we have new blood, new ideas, new places to
visit. So away we go, headfirst and hell-bent into our next 25 years.
And the old dogs (over 50 and 60) throw the torch and the challenge
to younger players coming up: it's been a great 31 years. Players
got a lot from the club because they gave a lot to it.
And to departed teammates Ken Cartwright, Harry Purdy, Charlie Dillon,
Dougall Jackson, Mike Johnson, Gary Primeau and Vic Coulter, fond
memories and RIP lads.
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